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|Featured In||Mistborn Era 1|
Appearance and Personality
Straff is a manipulative and sadistic monster. He is extremely fond of posturing and demonstrating his superiority, and is terrified of anyone having power over him. He enjoys going to brothels knowing that the skaa will be executed, as it gives him a sense of power.
Attributes and Abilities
Straff is a very skilled and experienced Tineye, able to smell even an almost odorless poison in a aromatic tea. He is able to replicate Amaranta's drug cocktail based on the smell of the ingredients. Unlike most other Allomancers, Straff doesn’t keep his abilities secret, in order to show off his superiority and fearlessness.
After the fall of the Lord Ruler, he proclaims himself king of the Northern Dominance. After securing this area, he lays siege to Luthadel in order to gain possession of the Lord Ruler's fabled atium cache.
He invited Elend over to his warcamp for a meeting, and the situation escalates until Straff sends his guards to kill Elend. However, Elend uses Vin to threaten Straff and manipulate Straff's emotions. Straff succumbs to his fear and lets Elend and Vin leave unharmed. After this encounter, Straff becomes terrified of Vin, commanding Zane to kill her.
One of his spurned mistress, Amaranta, poisoned him with an addictive drug, Black Frayn. Working with Zane, she caused Straff to believe that Zane is poisoning him, while Amaranta "cures" him with the addictive drug. When Zane disappeared from Straff's camp, Amaranta attempted to kill Straff with a poison. Straff realizes her betrayal, and in a fit of rage, strangles Amaranta to death. Straff nearly died but survived with a random antidote he made himself.
Elend is Straff's only known legitimate child. Straff is constantly disappointed in Elend, and constantly belittles him. His abuse includes forcing Elend to sleep with a skaa prostitute when he was just thirteen, saying it was about time he became a man. In the aftermath of the Lord Ruler's death, Straff flees from Luthadel, abandoning Elend to fend for himself. Elend not only survives, but makes a deal with the rioting skaa, and reigns briefly as king of the Central Dominance. Straff amasses his own force in his home dominance, and marches them to Luthadel to attempt to take the city from Elend, who he sees as weak.
Straff's relationship with Zane is arguably even more strained. Straff bribes Zane with atium to keep him in line, since he fears what Zane might do to him in his insanity. However, Straff is unaware that Zane has his own atium stash, and the two maintain an uneasy truce, while repeatedly trying to kill each other.
Straff has many mistresses and sires many illegitimate children in an attempt to acquire more Mistborn and Mistings. His attempts are successful, and though among his many children Zane is his only Mistborn, his Misting children number around eighteen.
Straff's proclivities regarding his mistresses are depraved, even for a Luthadel nobleman. He is fond of skaa brothels and goes to them regularly. He describes Amaranta, who is in her late twenties at the time, as having been quite attractive a decade before and says she is now too old to be attractive. He usually gets rid of his mistresses long before they reached her age. He parades a mistress who bears a resemblance to Vin, who is perhaps fifteen years old before Elend and Vin, in an effort to induce a reaction and intimidate them with this display of casual cruelty.
- Straff is German for taut or strict and is Swedish and Norwegian for penalty.
- The Final Empire chapter 19#
- The Well of Ascension chapter 49#
- The Well of Ascension chapter 53#
- The Final Empire chapter 23#
- The Final Empire chapter 36#
- The Well of Ascension chapter 1#
- The Final Empire chapter 1#
- The Well of Ascension chapter 18#
- The Well of Ascension chapter 39#
- The Well of Ascension chapter 26#
- The Well of Ascension chapter 27#
|Mistborn Era 1|
The Final Empire · The Well of Ascension · The Hero of Ages
|Characters||Vin · Kelsier · Sazed · Elend Venture · Marsh · Spook · Breeze · Ham · Clubs · Dockson · Straff Venture · Zane · Ashweather Cett · Tindwyl · Allrianne Cett · TenSoon · Yomen · Quellion · The Lord Ruler · Alendi · Kwaan|
|Places||Final Empire · The Dominances · Luthadel · Kredik Shaw · Pits of Hathsin · Kandra Homeland · Urteau · Fadrex City · Tathingdwen|
|Ethnicities and Species||Skaa · Nobles · Terrismen · Inquisitors · Koloss · Kandra · Mistwraiths · Southern Scadrians|
|Organizations||Skaa rebellion · Steel Ministry · Keepers (the Synod) · Worldbringers|
|Mythology||The Deepness · Terris Prophecies · Well of Ascension|
|Era 1 books||Mistborn: The Final Empire · The Well of Ascension · The Hero of Ages |
(The Eleventh Metal · Mistborn: Secret History)
|Era 2 books||The Alloy of Law · Shadows of Self · The Bands of Mourning · The Lost Metal |
(Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania)
|Shards||Preservation · Ruin · Harmony|
|History||Classical Scadrial · Final Empire · Catacendre · Elendel · Southern Scadrian|
|Magic||Metallic Arts (Allomancy, Feruchemy, Hemalurgy) · Metalborn · Mistborn · Misting · Savant · Ferring · Twinborn · Compounding · Atium · Lerasium · Ettmetal|
|Other Media||Mistborn Adventure Game · Mistborn: Birthright · Mistborn film · Mistborn: House War|